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$20 million over the next two year, year and next year. the improvements in k-12 funding , in the official act of the governor passing it, will still leave a huge shortfall for our school district not for this year but the following year. i want everybody to keep in mind when we start thinking about the money from the jobs bill, the federal jobs bill that we ought to be thinking about how we might leverage those funds for next year to attempt to avoid layoffs and keep every single person employed in this school district. that's going to be a tough challenge but i think if we all work together we can make that a reality. i don't think any of us want to go through what we had to go through last year. that's not fair to our community, our students and really above all, to our employees. thank you. president kim: thank you, superintendent. i know there are quite a number of people that want to speak in
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public comment and i want to let you know, there isn't a whole lot on our agenda tonight, luckily, so we'll be moving fairly quickly and make sure that everyone gets out at a reasonable time so that they can go home because we all know you work at our schools the next day. the next item today is item c. we have no recognitions tonight. our next item is the student delegates' repot, but i know they're upstairs. i'm wondering if we can call the parent advisory council first. bruce, nancy, hi. they are here. would you like a couple of minutes? so we are actually at the student delegates' report already.
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ms. fan and ms. creer. >> hi. we actually haven't had our s.e.c. meeting yet because of the halladay yesterday, we are going to have it tomorrow. here's the stuff we have talked about for our cabinet meeting. the youth voice, we are going to have a -- we are going to have training for two hours which we will hopefully develop more leader shitch abilities, public speaking and things like that. we are continuing to align our issues to develop committees because since we haven't had our meeting we are assigning each and every s.c.c. member to a committee. that's pretty much it. >> also, youth vote was last week, there were 88,000 participants and the results
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will be shown tomorrow at balboa high school, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and also, know your rights pamphlets will be distributed around different schools in their wellness centers to know what happens when you have encounters with the police. that's it. >> and it would be actually given by the wellness centers at school, most likely. >> ms. fan, do you know the percentage of turnout for youth vote was this year? amongst high school students? >> i'm not sure, i just know there are 8,000 participants. >> that's great. congratulations on all your work. i know you announced it, but there will be a press conference at 10:30 a.m. for the rums of youth vote. for those members who aren't familiar with youth vote -- would you like to explain youth
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vote? -- vote? >> youth vote represents the youth, they get to voice their opinions, what would be the right thing for their school district. it's a mock election, and they get to see what's going on with their schools, they get to vote for who should be on the board of education, who should be the next governor and stuff like that. >> thank you. we run youth vote twice a year for the november and june election and it's a way for students to get into the practice of voting for every election cycle and get familiar with a couple of key propositions and some of the key candidate races and to let our adult voting community in san francisco know how young people feel about who they'd like to see and how they feel about propositions. that will be announced tomorrow. moving on to our next item, the parent advisory council report. >> good evening, thank you for your patience. for those who don't know me, my name is nancy, i'm on the parent
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advisory council. we have a couple of things we're reporting on this evening. one is implementing the parent engagement plan. it's been really wonderful for us parents to see your commitment, or to hear that you are committed to producing the parent engagement plan. yet we parents haven't yet seen any changes or improvements based on the parent engagement plan, and that's probably because there's nothing real -- there's no timelines that we've seen or any deadlines or anything like that. so we look forward to having this, but we really would like to see something real happen and something real start to become planned out and we've heard that the district staff is meeting regularly about that, which is
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wonderful, but we parents would like to know how that is moving forward and really get some specifics as a timeline and action plan that we're going to actually see because this is what's going to help those parents who don't know what to do or where to go, to have a document like the parent engagement plan to say, these are the things you can do. we parents would really appreciate it, especially for those who don't know how to navigate the system. that would be really beneficial for all parents. we are excited that you have asked for community engagement on the transportation policy, so we thank you for that. we understand there's a community meeting later in the week and so for someone who actually -- my children do take the transportation system that our school district offers, i very much appreciate that, so thank you for asking for
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parental input on that. the second thing that we have to report on is the district and school site balance report card. we heard about this a couple of years ago all the time and there are many of us on the p.a.c. on our school site downcies who have spent many, many hours working on the balance scorecard, yet we're not sure what happened to them or what we're supposed to get out of them. they were supposed to be a way to figure out -- to establish measurable objectives and identify accountability measures to evaluate how the standards were met and parents are asking about it. so we would like to know specifically what's going to happen with that. and some people even say that you, the district, is not supporting them anymore.
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so clarity would be nice and maybe just some more information , which, once again this all boils down to the communication issue, which is supposed to be covered in the parent engagement plan as well. if we can get that going, that would be fabulous, as well. and a small last thing is that the p.a.c. still has four open seats. we just wanted to let you know and we are accepting applications on our website or through our office, by monday, november 15. thank you. president kim: thank you. are there comments or questions? deputy superintendent karanza. >> thank you, president kim and members, just for clarification purpose the staff has been working hard on the balance scorecards and principals have received a new template which incorporates the balance scorecards that they have
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memorialized over the last two years but we also incorporated elements of the single site plan as well so we're combining that into a single document. school site rts engaging their communities, as we speak, there's a due date at the end of act for the first draft of the balance scorecard. what we're moving toward is a system where the balance scorecard is the driving document for school immaterial prufmente. you should be seeing that very quickly and we will actually -- absolutely take that message back to staff as well to get that information out very quickly. >> commissioner fewer. commissioner fewer: thank you for your report, i want to comment about the current planning, we were hoping also, the board, to have it further along than it is now. i just want you to be assured that staff is working hard on it, that they will include timelines once they figure out
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the structure of it but just for the general public to know that our parent engagement plan really, i think, encompasses sort of a new culture at our school district we're hoping to adopt going from a dependency model to an empowerment model for our parents, which means how to navigate the system, but also to give parents tools in which to advocate for their children but really to navigate around how does the system work, this crazy, big system we have, for example, there are seven board members. so just to let you know we also would love to solicit information back from the parent advisory council once we get a framework down and to get the impressions you as parents have as to how this might work to support the parent advisory council. i want to put a plug in for the parents listening or in the audience, this is a great way to serve our district is to serve
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on the parent advisory council. it's an all-volunteer council comprised of public school parents in san francisco working on issues to support the board and also to support the work of the distribution and so i give a big plug for it. i hope that we've had some past -- we have some board members who have been past members and people who have run for the board of education and are running for the board of education that have been on the parent advizry council. i think once they -- advisory council. wuns they've participated -- once they've participated they want to take on more responsibility. you can get the information on the website, could you give that information for the listeners at home. >> that's pacsf.org.
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president kim: commissioner maufas. maup thank you. -- commissioner maufas: i am the commissioner that was the founding member of the p.a.c. and have been happy to serve in this capacity and serve as a board member, it's an amazing way to further any work and volunteering that you do really to serve the public schools of san francisco. and i know that the applications are available in english, chinese and spanish. and that's important too. i'm really happy you all came forward and continue to recruit, recruit, recruit. we need the best of all our parents represented. thank you again. >> i want to -- it's a little bit out of order but it's partly in response to what you said, the ad hoc committee on student assignment will be meeting tomorrow evening. our regular meeting would have
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been yesterday, which was a school holiday, so it's tomorrow evening, the 13th, at 6:00 here in this room at 555 franklin and the items on the agenda are related to the transportation policy. i want to encourage everybody, especially parents who are users of the system, we are likely to have some significant changes, to come to that meeting and participate as much as possible. so the -- and the meeting will be telecloudy skiesed -- televised. everyone can listen but we'd like to have as much participation as possible. president kim: i encourage our staff working with parent issues to meet with the p.a.c. also. you are key to giving us feedback on how to best work with parents, thank you. our next item is public comment on consent items. we have changed around the order
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of our agenda to give public comment earlier on consent items. i don't have any cards on me tonight, i'm going to move on. to item g, the consent calendar. motion and a second? any items corrected or withdrawn? any items severed by think board for discussion and vote tonight? all right. roll call will take place under section l. item h, superintendent's proposal. there are none tonight. item i, board members' proposals, we have one. this has been moved and seconded on october 24. it is 108-24a1, a recommitment of sfusd to student protection of privacy from military recruitment from commissioner fewer. may we have a reading by commission efewer?
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commissioner fewer: whereas the board of education adopted policies 11-83, and 212-10a15 in order to protect students against involuntary release of their information to military recruiting and whereas the board of education unanimously passed policy 510-11a3 in 2005 to further protect students from providing information to military recruiters and whereas -- in accordance with these policies, students and parents are provided with opt in/opt out and whereas more than 50% of the parents choose to opt out and whereas in 2005, they created
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jammers that purchasing personal information on individuals from the ages of 16 to 25 years of age from outside resources for the purpose of military recruitment, including but not limited to websites offering information on college scholarships, college eligibility tests and the department of motor vehicles, and whereas the board of education adopted in its strategic plan an emphasis on creating a college-going culture that encourages students and their families to investigate college scholarship opportunities and other resources about college acceptance and attendance and whereas jammers was created after the most recent policy of restricting access to private information, and whereas the only way to opt out is to direct jammers to exclude their personal information from the
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jammers database and whereas it is the intention of the san francisco unified school district to afford parents the information to make the best decisions for their children, therefore, be it resolved that the board of education of the san francisco unified school district expands and recommits its protection of privacy, of personal information to students -- of students to military recruiters for providing an opt out, opt in of jammers forms so parents may direct jammers to suppress their childrens' personal information so their information will be inaccessible to military recruiters and be it further resolved that the board of education requests the superintendent and his staff to modify the current opt out/opt in form to include a jammers opt out/opt in form and further be it resolved that the san francisco unified school district collect and forward the form to national jammers head -- headquarters and keep a record in the student's personnel file
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and that these opt out/opt in forms be available at -- visibly available at school sites and that the board of education reaffirms its commitment to achieve a 100% return rate for the modified opt out/opt in form and calls for an annual report on its success toward that goal. >> since you also chair the curriculum committee, can you also give us that report? commissioner fewer: the curriculum committee heard this item twice, first at their meeting in october -- august, sorry. and it was suggested by staff that we do further investigation to protect our students that might have issues with legal documentation of being in this country and not -- we were very concerned about whether or not
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this information, once we give it to jammers could be used by other governmental agencies. we did some investigation and it was brought back to the committee last month and the committee gave -- we were reassured our students would be protected and so at the curriculum committee gave it a positive recommendation. i also believe, if i might add, president kim, that the student advisory council also has taken a vote on this resolution. president kim: how did that go? >> we all supported it, so we want there to be shown that there is an opt out plan for this stuff. president kim: thank you. at this time, we have public comment on this resolution. i have a couple of speakers here and excuse me if i mispronounce your name, sometimes i have trouble reading. jose cartagenas.
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kenneth shobric. phong wong. hector verdusco. kenny ward. luis montoya. san frd short. that is it. please come up. you have two minutes each. >> hello. my name is jose, i'm an internet for better performance for youth. now that i'm here, i would appreciate the jammers resolution to be passed here in san francisco. jammers stands for joint advertising marketing research studies. basically they collect information from social networking, credit cards d.m.v., etc., and sell it to the military for the recruiting process. thanks for your sort support in
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helping protect student privacy. >> thank you everyone, for being here tonight. i work with bay peace and i'm from bosnia, which was in war with serbia through 1990 and 1995. they made every single adult male fight in the war and many families left bosnia because it was unsafe and ruined so they couldn't pursue their dreams. because of that, i want every young adult to have a choice to opt out of jammers and pursue their dreams. thanks for listening to us and thanks for being the third district to vote yes for the jammers resolution. >> thank you. >> hi, everyone. my name is flo, i'm a teacher and organizer with bay peace, thank you for supporting the privacy resolution. as a school district serving working class students of color,
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the population most targeted by military recruiters, our san francisco unified school district should do all it can to make sure youth have an opportunity to fulfill opportunities. the school board's approval would demonstrate its commitment to ensuring choices for youth. our federal government uses more than $5 billion to recruit youth into he military. instead this money could be used to create meaningful education opportunities, opportunities for youth development an prepare our youth for careers. instead they choose not to. i feel this resolution is an important stand for peace and justice in our world. thank you for your support. >> thank you. >> hello, my name is hector verdusco, i'm an intern at bay peace. i'm able to opt out of the
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jammers and no child left behind database. thanks in advance for supporting our education and ensuring privacy rights. >> hi, my name is kenny ward, i'm an intern at bay peace. i just want to thank you all for listening and giving youth the option of what's done with their personal information. and the resolution will present more opportunities for youth such as college or a different career path and san francisco can be the third city in the nation following oakland and berkeley to pass this resolution. thank you. >> thank you. >> good evening, members of the board. my name is luis, i'm with bay peace, as the rest, and first of all, i want to appreciate your advocacy toward this resolution being brought up because after oakland and berkeley brought it
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up, it's like picking up the legacy. it's real inspirational to me because you brought what's happening to light and many -- and it tells us you guys are really relating to youth. i just feel like you guys are giving voice to the voiceless and we know that nobody can avoid the voice of the voiceless. thank you. president kim: thank you. >> my name is sandra schwartz, i work for the american friends service committee. it's been my privilege to support and clab rat with bay peace for the last several years as they work to educate the community about the jammers database and work to educate their peers and create policy to protect youth. so i echo their thanks and to all of you for considering this resolution, i'm sure that you'll pass it, or at least i hope you will and i have to tell you i'm really proud to be part of a community that has taken steps
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over and over again to protect youth from the extremely aggress i military recruiting practices that take place all over in many, many parts of not only the bay area. we work -- at last count, we are working in 25 schools throughout the bay area and some of those schools have military recruiters on chasm pus every week. i think it's a tribute to all of you that we've been able to, you know, protect our students and this is an important next step in making sure that our kids have the choices they deserve and that their private information is not being sold and used. basically, the jammers database collects the information and gives it to recruiters and it's great information for recruiters but not so good for our kids. thank you for considering this resolution and i hope you pass it. >> thank you so much to all the young people that came out to speak today.
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public comments from board members. commissioner maufas. commissioner maufas: so, again, i want to echo what president kim has said in thanking the young people were coming forward and actually your teachers. you indicated that the board is really advocating but i want to highlight that this is commissioner fewer's resolution and it really is here lead advocacy that brings us to this point in time and i want to thank her. i don't know -- and she will explain to us, i think, what her background is that brings her to this topic. i know what brings my mind to this topic, my daughter experienced military recruitment unbeknownst to her and it did lead me to work early on with some folks, some other moms and -- in a program called leave my
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child alone. regardless of my daughter being in the jrtc program which she enjoyed, and i, you know, i want to support her being in that program, it didn't also include, to our understanding, heavy recruitment by the military. that was not supposed to be part of the experience. her experience was at a school with her student friends and having that camaraderie and that's what the experience was supposed to be, not the other add of on that was really stressful for both of us. from that work, that's how the opt-in caveat comes on the emergency cards across the state of california. that's where that is on the emergency cards that students can actually opt out they don't need a parent to do that. students can opt in or opt out and we here in san francisco have been really diligent about making sure we get a return rate very high, in the 90's, consistently that we are
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understanding that students actually want to opt in or actually want to opt out and we know that. i want to, again, thank commissioner fewer's advocacy around this in bringing the detail and information to our table tonight and her diligently monitoring it and checking in with our legal staff to further understand what their perspective is. if i'm understanding correctly, i want to consult our legal counsel because our legal counsel at the curriculum committee mentioned that the aclu had also participated in new york city. i think just having to bring a lawsuit forward to further expand what public knowledge was around jammers because it's not just through these avenues that you mentioned here, the marketing. it's when people sign up for the s.a.t. test and young people sign up on websites just to get college information, that information is sold through marketing to those military
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recruitment agencies and that's not expected when you're signing up for the s.a.t. you're signing up so you can consider going to college and be accepted, that's not the extra added caveat that you don't know about and it's those kinds of thicks that this resolution brought forward by commissioner fewer really helps highlight in our curriculum committee meetings. i wanted you all to know that as well. there are other folks, other cities, thank goodness the bay eyrea is on top of it but there are other places in the country that are really troubled by all of the lengths and sort of trickery that are -- that is done to families trying to apply for college, trying to apply for funding, trying to apply for financial aid to go to school. and further their children's education or students trying to further their education and this sort of sneakily comes around the back door.

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